Our People

SmartWorld’s Senior Management Team:


Grant Salomon
Chief Executive Officer

Grant leads the SmartWorld business in the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining SmartWorld in 2010, Grant worked in executive and senior management roles in financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing organisations. His innovation and vision has seen SmartWorld invest in continuous improvements to processes and systems, encouraging alternative and practical approaches to increasing client satisfaction.


Larissa Olarke
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed as Chief Financial Officer in October 2011, Larissa leads the Finance, Business Planning and Project Office teams. Prior to joining SmartWorld, Larissa held general management roles in the financial services and industrial sectors, with a focus on strategic finance. Having worked across the US and Asia Pacific markets Larissa brings a valuable global experience and perspective to the SmartWorld organisation.


Jeremy Oughton
Global Sales Director

Jeremy leads sales and business development in the role of Global Sales Director. Jeremy has previously lead business development and key account teams in a number of large institutions. He has operated within financial services, health care, and retail industries and has experience in sales, key account management, strategy, product management, retail marketing and Franchise distribution.


Alexander Sopin
Managing Director - Europe

Alexander heads up our European Office, as well as the sales teams for Global Accounts, managing business strategy and senior level relationships. His experience prior to joining SmartWorld was within retail and marketing management, having worked with major retailers and brands across Europe in a management and client servicing capacity.


Mai Agata
Regional Service Director - East Asia Region

Mai leads the client servicing teams in the East Asia Region. Since she joined SmartWorld in 2005, Mai has gained extensive experience in client servicing in Japan with both domestic and global clients. Having recently extended her responsibility for client servicing to the East Asia Region as a whole, she aims to share her experience and best practice to client servicing to ensure greater levels of client satisfaction. 


Michael McLeod
Information Technology Director

Michael leads the Information Technology team with a focus on IT development. Bringing 15 years of experience in high availability online transaction and reporting systems to the organisation, Michael has a passion for agile and lean software development processes. In conjunction with a strong understanding of operations, Michael's focus is to enable SmartWorld to build a strong business for the future.


Charlie Yoo
IT General Manager

Charlie joined SmartWorld in 2002 and offers nearly 20 years' experience in general IT management. Charlie has worked as an IT professional in a number of businesses within Australia and globally including Avanade, Getronics, IBM GSA, TABCORP and Ultradata in capacities ranging from technical leadership to general management. Charlie holds a degree in computer science from China and a Master of IT from Deakin University, Australia.


Xinwen Liong
Human Resource Manager/Regional Operations Manager-Asia Pacific

Xinwen leads the Human Resource and the Asia Pacific Operations teams. Xinwen joined SmartWorld in 2007 and brings extensive account management experience to SmartWorld's business. Xinwen has extensive experience and qualification in customer service and management having specialised in international hospitality management for 8 years. Xinwen holds a Bachelor of Hotel Management and International Tourism and a Masters in Human Resource Management and International Business. 

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